Food As Medicine

Through many years of experience cooking for people, I have witnessed the profound affect diet can have on an individual. It can be used for health and healing or lead to further imbalance and dis-ease. Ayurveda is an eastern medicine system that teaches how to use food as medicine and how to use the qualities in the food to balance the qualities in an individual, who may have very different needs than another. Through cooking and eating “Ayurvedically” we seek balance and health for our bodies and minds.

What we eat forms the tissues of our bodies and affects our mental state, mind and emotions. What we eat also speaks to our soul, our pleasure center, our enjoyment of life. I love to cook food that nourishes body and mind and feeds the soul’s need for richness and pleasure in life. I practice no set dogma with diet (not even Ayurveda) but believe in wholesome, real food, fresh food as local as possible, food with nourishment and integrity that is beautifully and lovingly prepared, made to digest and assimilate well and nourish the body.

Ayurvedic Cookbook

Mira Created an Ayurvedic Cookbook Based Upon Years of Adapting Recipes and Cooking for People at 7 Center's Yoga Arts. Click Here to Find Out How to Order the 7 Center's Ayurvedic Cookbook...

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Retreat Cooking

I plan the menu and prepare the food around the needs of the group or the retreat. My specialty is balancing the meals Ayurvedically to benefit all individual constitutions, and giving a presentation to the participants of the highlighted health benefits of their meal. I specialize in Ayurvedic cooking but do not have to remain within the confines of Ayurveda, I am passionate about all wholesome, beautiful, delicious food.

Feel free to contact me if you have a retreat or group you would like to provide food for, I would love to be the kitchen magic. Cost will depend on size of group and menu selections which can be customized to fit the needs of your group.

 

See Below for Sample Menus and Pricing

Photo Credit: Janice Witt

Cooking Classes

Cooking classes are a wonderful way for people to anchor in the experience of cooking as well as the health principles of Ayurveda. I offer Ayurvedic Cooking classes for groups and individuals. Classes are usually 3 hours plus time to sit and enjoy the meal created.

The individual classes cooking classes can be 1-5 people and are designed around the needs and interest of the individual or group.

For the group classes, I focus on a topic of Ayurveda or health that varies according to the season, or requests of the group. Example topics and menus can be found below. Classes are part lecture on our health topic and very interactive with questions, discussions and hands on cooking and eating.

 

See Below for Topic Menus and Pricing

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Private Cooking

Diet can be such a vital part of a healing program and it can be intimidating to undergo a diet change especially when preparing your own food. I have seen first hand what a supportive role the food serves in healing and I prepare and deliver food to meet the individual’s needs and preferences.

Each person responds to diet differently based upon their body chemistry, their digestive power, their culture, their personality and I like to help guide people using Ayurvedic principles and based in their own experience of their bodies, to eat food that increases their vitality and love of life.

 

See Below for Sample Menus and Pricing

Retreat Cooking Menus and Pricing

Below are just some Sample Menus. There are many more to choose from and create! Contact us for more menu options, to discuss the needs for your group and receive a pricing quote for your retreat!

Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Golden Quinoa Pilaf

Avocado Boats stuffed with herbed cottage cheese

Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Cardamom Lassi

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Thai Coconut Curried Vegetables

Cilantro Rice

Seasoned Tempe

Green Salad with Sunflower Sauce

Hibiscus Mint Tea

Miso Soup

Nori Rolls with Ginger Lime Dipping Sauce

Sauteed Tempe

Green Salad with Wakame and Miso Ginger Dressing

Cooling Flower Tea

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Quinoa Pagodas with Amazingly Convincing Tomato-less Marinara

Fresh Paneer Cheese - Ricotta style

Sauteed Zucchini and Chard

Romaine Salad with Vegan Ceasar Dressing

Homade Crutons

Pricing

$40 per person per day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)  (6 person Minimum, for less than 6 people, see Private Event Pricing below)

Breakfast: $10 per head                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lunch: $15 per head                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner: $15 per head

*Includes cost of food, service and short presentation of meal with educational description of health benefits.

Next Steps...

Contact Us to discuss the kitchen magic for your upcoming retreat...

Cooking Class Sample Menus and Pricing

Private Cooking Class (1-4 people): $120 for one person and $25 dollars for each additional person.
Group Cooking Class (5 or more people): $45 per person (includes the cost of the meal)

Cooking Class Sample Topics

Cooling Summer Heat 

Avocado cucumber Gazpacho

Cilantro Coconut Rice

Flaxed Cottage Cheese with Dipping Vegetables

Hibiscus Mint Punch

Spring Cleansing Cooking Class

Baked millet Croquettes

With Almond Bechamel

Curried Mung bean Sprouts

Liver Rejuvenating Salad

Flower Tea or Grapefruit Soda

Valentine's Day Cooking Class: Cooking with Aphrodisiacs for Fertility

Coconut Asparagus Soup

Quinoa Pilaf with Avocado and Fresh Goat Cheese

Saffron Cardamom Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates

Aphrodisiac Herbal Hot Cocoa with Fresh Almond Date Milk

heart chakra dates

Cooking Class Pricing

Private Cooking Class (1-4 people): $120 minimum (single person) and $25 dollars for each additional person.

Group Cooking Class (5 or more people): $45 per person (includes the cost of the meal)

*Price includes demo and tasting of 4 Ayurvedic Menu Items with printed recipes and thorough explanation of health benefits

Next Steps....

Check Mira's Schedule to see if there are Cooking Classes coming up in your area!                                       Or Contact Us to schedule a private cooking class or event in your area...